The 2016 Senior Bowl practice week wraps up on Thursday, and we can add a wide receiver to the list of players the San Francisco 49ers scouts met with in Mobile. Aaron Wilson is reporting the 49ers were one of eight teams showing the most interest in Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo this week. Carroo will not play in Sunday's game due to an ankle injury. Carroo spoke with Wilson during the week, and had this to say:
"I'll bring a relentless, hard-working attitude to the NFL with a playing style that's dynamic and will fit into any teams' scheme and do my job and do what the coaches ask me to do," Carroo told National Football Post. "It's a dream come true."
He also talked about adjusting to various offenses during his time at Rutgers:
"I adjusted to four different pro-style offenses," Carroo said. "I had a lot of languages to catch onto. Going through the coaching changes and trying to build relationships within one year definitely helps me for the NFL. You've got to be ready to be coached by anyone. I'm willing to take coaching."
Carroo measured in at 5'11, 217 pounds at the Senior Bowl weigh-in. He has solid size, but does not have the kind of length that teams might otherwise like. Scouting reports suggest he has really good hands, and strong body control. The biggest mark on his record though is an arrest on September 12 for assault. The case involved allegations that he "slammed" a woman into concrete during an altercation that appears to have involved a woman he was previously involved with, his mother, and his current girlfriend. It is a little confusing. He was suspended from the team at the time, but was reinstated a few weeks later when he and his accuser "reached an agreement of mutual restraint."
A year ago, the 49ers steered clear of prospects with character questions. Meeting with a prospect does not mean the team will draft him, not by a long shot, but I am curious to see if the team looks at players with more character red flags than we saw last year.